A History of Our Distinctive Sporting Goods Shop in Medford, OR

Your Sporting Goods Store!
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The Black Bird Store was founded in 1965 by Lee Hobbs as an Army Surplus store. The giant Black Bird was fashioned after a 10 ft. magpie at a store called “Yard Birds” up in Centralia, WA, owned by a friend of Lee’s.

The 29 foot Black Bird was designed and built by Lee himself and was constructed of re-bar, hog wire and fiberglass.

The bird can be seen sporting a tank top and shorts for Medford’s Pear Blossom Run, a Santa hat and candy cane for Christmas, and other fun props for other occasions.

The store is locally owned and operated, and it remains southern Oregon’s largest family-owned sporting goods store. Some of our staff have been with the store for over 40 years.

“The Bird,” as it is affectionately called, has always been known as a “Men’s Toy Store” with hunting, fishing and camping being its strong points. With our large automotive and hardware departments and one of the largest selections of hiking, hunting and work boots and clothing to choose from in southern Oregon, men and women alike have no need to shop anywhere else!

In addition to the traditional items we sell, we have a growing housewares department. We have a large canning and food preservation selection, cheese making supplies and a large selection of kitchen gadgets to top it off!

Our lodge cookware selection has always been one of the Valley’s largest.

We’ve had a wine and brew making section even before it was the thing to do, and it has grown with the popular demand of brewing your own wine and beer!

To round it off, we have a full service ski shop in the winter with the only ski and snowboard rentals available in the area—outside of Mt. Ashland. In the summer, our raft shop comes in to outfit you for a lazy float down the river.

You can also visit our store at:

1810 W. Main Street
Medford, Oregon 97501

Call us: 541-779-5431
Fax us: 541-779-4151
Email us: blackbirdshoppingcenter@yahoo.com


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